Magazine article Sunset

To Wyoming, Via Africa

Magazine article Sunset

To Wyoming, Via Africa

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For Alexandra Fuller, the allure of her new home lies in the familiar yet brutal beauty of its landscape

GROWING UP IN ZIMBABWE, of course I had heard of Wyoming. When you live in a little African country, you learn about every place else. But I don't think I ever envisioned leaving Africa.

Then I met my husband. He was river guiding in Zambia. We met in the capital city of Lusaka, riding horses. He had been there 10 years on and off. Within a day, within about an hour, I knew he was the one. I had no idea how old he was-he could have been 25 to 45. He's quite tall, and he had this huge beard, huge hair.

His grandmother had a ranch in Wyoming; it's part of Grand Teton National Park now. As a child he spent every summer there, and he moved there when he was 17. He went to the University of Wyoming in Laramie. Later, even though he guided on rivers around the world and lived in Zambia, Wyoming was always his spiritual home. We got married and had our first baby in Zimbabwe. And then we moved to America in 1994.

We live in Wilson. When you come out of Jackson, as you head toward Idaho, it's that lovely little hamlet-closer to the mountains than Jackson is. It's a wonderful place to be a writer-Terry Tempest Williams lives just down the road from me.

But I wrote most of my new book, The Legend of Colton H. Bryant, in our cabin in Sublette County. I sit on my bed with blankets pulled up. The cabin is near the base of the Wind River mountains. It's beautiful, the southern end of the great Yellowstone ecosystem. …

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